Control: 6.3.6 Ensure '3625 (trace flag)' database flag for Cloud SQL SQL Server instance is set to 'off'


It is recommended to set 3625 (trace flag) database flag for Cloud SQL SQL Server instance to off.

Trace flags are frequently used to diagnose performance issues or to debug stored procedures or complex computer systems, but they may also be recommended by Microsoft Support to address behavior that is negatively impacting a specific workload.

All documented trace flags and those recommended by Microsoft Support are fully supported in a production environment when used as directed. 3625(trace log) Limits the amount of information returned to users who are not members of the sysadmin fixed server role, by masking the parameters of some error messages using '**'. This can help prevent disclosure of sensitive information, hence this is recommended to disable this flag.


This recommendation is applicable to SQL Server database instances.

From Console

  1. Login in to Cloud SQL Instances
  2. Select the SQL Server instance for which you want to enable to database flag.
  3. Under Configuration section
  4. Scroll down to the Database flags section. Click on Edit Configurations
  5. In the edit page, navigate to Flags and Parameters section
  6. To set a flag that has not been set on the instance before, click Add item, choose the flag 3625 from the drop-down menu, and set its value to off.
  7. Click Save to save your changes.
  8. Confirm your changes under Flags on the Overview page.

Note: Any changes to the database flag values, may require your instance to be restarted

From Command Line

  1. List all Cloud SQL database Instances
gcloud sql instances list
  1. Configure the required database flag for every Cloud SQL SQL Server database instance using the below command.
gcloud sql instances patch INSTANCE_NAME --database-flags "3625=off"

Note: This command will overwrite all database flags previously set. To keep those and add new ones, include the values for all flags you want set on the instance; any flag not specifically included is set to its default value. For flags that do not take a value, specify the flag name followed by an equals sign ("=").


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